Some months ago Tobias got sent to his room over something little he did, then as he is prone to, he threw a tantrum over getting in trouble. While in his room he disassembled his bed and then proceeded to pick some paint off the wall. Ugh! He used to do this as a toddler when he was bored but hadn't done it in 3 years so I was really frustrated. He seemed genuinely remorseful afterwards and we worked through it but I left it there for awhile so he could see the consequences.
Except then Peter took advantage of the beginnings of a hole in the paint and widened it....a lot.
So then we had a hand-sized swath of paint chipped off and in need of sanding and repainting. Luckily unemployment is a good time to tackle those inexpensive-but-time-consuming projects like painting. Unluckily we had no extra blue paint and didn't know the correct color. to match it. Luckily it was on the wall at the head of their beds, a perfect spot for an accent wall!
*I'll apologize in advance for the spotty picture quality. I'm still working on using the iPhone's camera well and I had natural lighting but still certain parts came out blurry*
Their room had been bothering me for a bit, it just seemed like it was boring and too-big for two busy little boys. Especially when compared to the girls' cute and purposely-designed rooms. Not that it *has* to be something fancy but I like to have fun with the kids' rooms because I'm sure as heck not painting a life-size tree on the wall and ceiling of my kitchen ;)
Last week we took a trip to Home Depot to browse paint samples and came home with several. We were thinking of doing the wall either all gray, gray with stripes, or stenciled with large gray stars on the blue. Kyle was concerned about getting the stars even and I didn't want them randomly put up so we needed an alternative, hence the stripes idea. We also considered a glittery gray wall to bring in a "star" element since the room is space-themed.
Tobias is six now so I asked him his opinion and he looked at all the paint chips and said "I want this one and this one in stripes", pointing to the one bright orange paint chip. I laughed and directed him to other things. Kyle said "no way."
As you can tell, we were both wrong. Tobias remained adamant about the orange and I started to think it might not look bad and really, it's just one wall. It's the boys' bedroom. Who cares? If it looked awful worst case scenario we'd paint over the one wall again.
So orange it was! And then came the Great Stripe Wars of 2014! We were envisioning large, modern stripes, maybe with a cool pattern to them. Tobias wanted thin pinstripes, all the same size. We only had so much paint so we compromised a bit and gave him stripes the size he wanted and all the dark stripes are the same size but the light orange stripes are a bit different. We drew no less than 6 samples on a piece of paper before coming to an agreement. Who knew six year olds could be so opinionated about paint!?
Kyle painted it and shockingly it looks awesome! I kinda love it. So yes, sometimes 6 year olds make good interior designers.
We've removed the dresser mirror because it kinda gets in the way of the stripes and 2 little boys just don't use a mirror often enough to need it. We're thinking of putting 2 small face-out bookshelves above the dresser on either side of the fish tank for the boys to keep their bedtime reading selections. They are both book dragons, hoarding piles of books in their beds and sleeping sprawled across them every night which is awfully cute but seems dangerous for the books.
P.S. - Our adoption was finalized on Monday and I'll have updates and pics very soon! I'm just waiting on our pictures to get back from our photographer and then I can go photo-crazy.